(IntegrityPress.org) – To meet diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recruiting people with “severe intellectual” disabilities. People with mental health issues, various physical and mental disabilities, such as blindness and hearing loss, and partial or whole paralysis, and amputees, are all included in the agency’s “inclusive” recruiting policy. This initiative is part of the FAA’s broader ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ hiring plan, under the oversight of John Benison, who works in the Office of Civil Rights.
Benison’s role involves ensuring equal opportunity and promoting diversity within the FAA. The agency, responsible for regulating air travel in the US, has nearly 50,000 employees. The FAA justifies its DEI approach by saying there are not enough people with ‘severe’ disabilities in the federal workforce. It says it actively endorses diversity through various associations, programs, and initiatives, saying that diversity and inclusion are important in achieving the mission of ensuring safe and efficient travel.
Recent attention on the FAA and the aviation industry intensified after a recent incident with a Boeing 737 Max 9 door malfunction during an Alaska Airlines flight. After the incident, the FAA grounded all flights from the same plane model, conducting extensive inspections, and increasing oversight of Boeing’s production.
Elon Musk, among other public figures, suggested that diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives might compromise safety in the airline industry. Musk criticized what he referred to as the “crazy policy of “DIE”. The FAA maintains that it only looks for qualified candidates from diverse sources for various positions, with high qualifications that vary by role.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, chairman of Do No Harm, an anti-woke organization made of doctors, emphasized the shared responsibility of the aviation and healthcare industries for safety. While acknowledging the importance of non-discrimination against people with disabilities who can successfully perform tasks, Goldfarb cautioned against lowering entry standards, asserting that safety responsibilities outweigh other considerations in these fields.
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